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in place, but questions about debt ceiling and other continuing resolution and other aspects of the federal fiscal situation which are very concerning and we think pose not only near-term threats to the travel business, but longer term threats to the economy if our political leaders can't get to an agreement. >> it shouldn't be this way. you are picking up in your industry from the brutality of the 2007-2008 downturn. you don't have supply for hotel rooms coming onstream. you should have really good pricing power at the moment. i see that in your negotiations for corporate customers, you expect to increase your room rates by high single digits. are you happy with that or had you hoped for more? >> no, i think -- the frustrating thing about this political situation in washington is business is really good and there are so many aspects of our economy which are not only good for our business, but show broad recovery. so our comp sales growth were up 8% in the month of january and we feel really good about the way that the year has started, which makes this doubly frustrating. the sequestration
the government at the end of march or allow a -- another debt ceiling crisis. i think it will be more of the same. like muddle through without that, you know, cathartic relief from all the fiscal uncertainty. but neither a catastrophe. >> all right. and stocks continue to run on monetary fumes as greg said. greg, thank you again for your time. great to see you this morning. >> all right. thanks, kelly. >>> the major news event in europe, the italian elections on sunday. italy's caretaker prime minister mario monty has come out swinging again the former premier, silvio berlusconi, saying he didn't maintain promises made in the past and that the new governor could govern well. this as the foul mouthed comedian/politician whipped a route into a frenzy into a rally in milan:we have more. >> reporter: supporters of the five-star movement out in force. some estimates suggest up to 100,000 people gathered in the square to hear him speak. he was treated like a rock star by the supporters that surrounded him as he left his camper van, the tsunami tour is what he's allegedly on right now. he certainly is g
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